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Long Island, NY - Song Released to Benefit Cedarhurst Man

Published on: November 3, 2010 02:49 PM
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Toker with his wife and 4 childrenLong Island, NY - Once again, the Jewish music community has banded together, pooling its collective talents to help a fellow Jew in his hour of need.

A new single, entitled Berachamim is being released today to benefit Ilan Tocker, a 33 year old Cedarhurst father of four who suffered a traumatic brain injury last July.  While doctors gave Tocker less than a 10% chance of survival, Tocker beat the odds and is recovering faster than doctors could have ever imagined.

Berachamim is the brainchild of producer Avi Newmark, who was overwhelmed by the rachamim shown to Tocker by friends and strangers alike.  Sitting in the ICU waiting room, hearing of the kindness  and dedication that total strangers showed Tocker as they davened, said Tehillim and made kabalos upon themselves, Tocker’s friends and family davened for Tocker, himself a compassionate person who lived to help others, to be shown the same Rachamim that Klal Yisroel was showing him.  When Tocker proved the doctors wrong and came through surgery successfully, Newmark vowed to bring the lesson of Rachamim to the world the best way he knew how.  In a song.

“There is no doubt in my mind that is the compassion and achdus that Klal Yisroel showed in such a dire situation is what gave us the miracle of that is the continuation of Ilan’s life,” said Newmark, in an exclusive interview with VIN News.  “It wasn’t what any one person did.  It was how everyone came together k’ish echad, b’lev echad, everyone, even total strangers,  attempting to find favor in Hashem’s eyes however they knew how.  Be it saying Tehillim, making a siyum, baking challah for Shabbos, giving tzedaka or just treating people with kindness, each act was a tefila in its own right.  Those collective tefilos and the rachamim that everyone showed during this terrible ordeal brought about the rachamim that Hashem ultimately bestowed upon Ilan.”


Berachamim, composed by Ari Goldwag, features the talents of vocalists Benny Friedman, Ari Goldwag and Yitzy Spinner, guitarist Aryeh Kunstler, drummer Gal Gershovsky and engineer Ian Freitor.  All proceeds from the sale of the song, which is available for 99 cent download on Mostly Music and iTunes, will go to the Ilan Tocker Foundation, which is helping defray the costs of Ilan’s lengthy illness.

While Tocker clearly has a long way to go in his recovery, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he received his first aliyah since his illness at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst this past Shabbos.  The entire congregation broke out in song as Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum embraced Tocker, announcing “the only words we can say are Tov L’Hodos LaHashem”. 

The Cedarhurst community has gone all out to raise money for Tocker, holding cookbook sales, an arba minim fundraiser, a ping pong tournament and an upcoming Chanukah event in addition to local business making donations to the Ilan Tocker foundation.

Download the song Online: Itunes here  - Mostly music here 

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 Nov 03, 2010 at 03:27 PM BLONDI Says:

refuah shlama for him,....amongst all of klal yisrael


 Nov 03, 2010 at 03:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Beautiful children. Hashem should give him a complete Refuah.


 Nov 03, 2010 at 03:40 PM UEDAMAN Says:

WOW! mi kiamcha yisroel! nice song!


 Nov 03, 2010 at 04:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Hodu Lahashem Ki Tov, Ki Leolam Chasdoh.

THIS is a song effort I can get behind and give respect to (as well as financial support), as opposed to the joke "Unity for a Piece of ___".

This sounds like a true miracle of Gd's greatness, and a project that everyone should support.


 Nov 03, 2010 at 05:13 PM 5TResident Says:

Where are all the 5T haters now? By the way, I know the family. One of the boys in the photo is a classmate of one of my sons. They are a wonderful family and I hope he has a refuah shelaima.


 Nov 03, 2010 at 07:18 PM yousatonmyhatandnoitisflat Says:

read the book struggle to the summit its a great chizzuk


 Nov 03, 2010 at 08:53 PM chusidwilly Says:

Reply to #5  
5TResident Says:

Where are all the 5T haters now? By the way, I know the family. One of the boys in the photo is a classmate of one of my sons. They are a wonderful family and I hope he has a refuah shelaima.

Your comment is tasteless and uncalled for.


 Nov 03, 2010 at 09:24 PM ben t Says:

glad to see benny friedman and newmark are doing great things. also he working with the best now aderet/mostly glad they are taking care of the soing for him


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